Carefully review ALL ingredients of all fuel treatment products before use.
- Review the wording and letters of each ingredient listed before adding product to gas tank.
- Many alcohol (ethanol type) chemical names end in "ol". E.G. ethan"ol", methan"ol".
- Sometimes the common name of alcohol based ingredients is not so obvious.
E.G. Carbon disulfide = Alcohol Sulfuris, Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia = Ammonia in alcohol.
- Review the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) and check each ingredient before use.
- Sometimes manufacturers refuse to disclose ingredients. MSDS will state something like, "Proprietary or trade secret ingredient(s)". Examples = Startron, STP Octane Performance Booster. Note: There are many other products that refuse to list all ingredients.
Only hazardous chemicals must be disclosed.
- Some fuel sytem products do not list alcohol in their ingredients, but instead may contain a chemical that has similar properties to ethanol.
- Desiccants, like alcohol, also have a strong affinity for moisture and will absorb relatively large amounts of water from the environment. Deliquescent salts include calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, zinc chloride, Carnallite and sodium hydroxide.
- All fuel additives that are "hygroscopic" or "miscible" (attract and absorb or adsorb water) or have a drying effect should be avoided.
- Fuels and additives that contain ethanol will decrease efficiency and mpg. More information.
- Several companies use deceptve marketing tactics, to convince customers that their "miracle" product will "prevent, fix repair and/or reverse" all ethanol-related fuel problems - No such miracle product exists!
- E85, FFV's and AFV's are designed to be compatible with alcohol blends of gas up to 85 % ethanol.
- Additives that increase the alcohol content of gas over 10% will invalidate most engine warranties -
(Check your engine's owners manual and warranty).
Gas Additives categories that most likely contain alcohol include:
Desiccants - Not alcohol but also have a strong affinity for moisture and will absorb relatively large amounts of water from the environment. Deliquescent salts include: Calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, zinc chloride, Carnallite and sodium hydroxide.